Eiffel 65 is an Italian pop music and dance music group consisting of Jeffrey Jey, Maurizio Lobina and Gabry Ponte. They are mainly known for their high-charting singles "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" and "Move Your Body", and their 1999 studio album Europop. Their following two albums, Contact! (2001) and 2003 self-titled album, did not have significant international success, but charted in Italy.
Randone, Ponte and Lobina met at Bliss Corporation, which was founded in 1992 by Massimo Gabutti. A computer chose the name Eiffel randomly from a group of words the three had selected but the number 65 was added to it by mistake: the producer had written a phone number on a piece of paper and two digits of it ended up on the label copy. The graphic artist who received it assumed that it had been added afterwards so he just fused it to the band name for their first release.
Eiffel 65 becomes famous for their international chart-topping hits "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" and "Move Your Body", which appeared on their album Europop, released in late 1999.
The band achieved considerable success in Italy and the rest of Europe, in the United States, Canada and Australia. Europop peaked in the top five on the Billboard 200 and in the Billboard Canadian Albums. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, got to 1 in UK and in Germany and to number 3 in Italian charts.
Eiffel 65 also remixed, between 1999 and 2002, other artists' tracks, like "The Bad Touch" by Bloodhound Gang, Nek's hit single "La vita è" and S Club 7's "Reach" and in early 2005 a remix of Yo Yo Mundi's "L'ultimo testimone".
In early March 2005 the group's DJ, Gabry Ponte, left to focus on his solo career. On 16 May 2005, the remaining members, Maurizio Lobina and Jeffrey Jey, decided to leave Bliss Corporation to continue with their own production company. Since the name "Eiffel 65" was a property of Bliss Corporation, the duo decided to continue under a new name, as announced in June 2005, Bloom 06.
Eiffel 65's long anticipated fourth album, under the working title Crash Test, had already finished production by the time of Maury and Jeffrey's departure from Bliss Corporation. It was renamed Crash Test 01 and was released by Bloom 06 on 13 October 2006. The album contains lyrics in English and Italian.
Bliss Corporation confirmed that a new Eiffel 65 line-up would make their debut in the summer of 2007 but the debut was postponed. In 2009 Bliss Corporation began to promote work from older bands by subtitling music videos and releasing "unseen" video footage from Eiffel 65. In June 2010, it was announced on the Bloom 06 website that Eiffel 65 would reunite once again to produce new music as well as touring. In an April 2012 interview, Jeffrey Jey commented on the progress of the new album:
The progress is slow because we work in three different places ... and of all the demos probably two, maybe three of these songs are what we call "the candidates" for our new single. We're not able to get a unanimous decision on one song, so that is what's making the release continuously slide ... It's really hard to say when we will release a new song ... Hopefully within the next two or three months we will be fixing the songs that we think are the good candidates and putting them online.
In the meantime they toured Europe with their New Planet Tour, a multimedia show with wide screens and in the summer of 2012, they announced a mini tour in Australia on their site. The band is currently touring, mainly in Italy and occasionally in the rest of Europe, too.
On April 2, 2016, a demo of Eiffel 65's new single "Panico" was posted on Bliss Corporation's YouTube channel. "Panico" and its English version "Critical" were officially released on iTunes on June 1, 2016. However, their fourth album release date is still unknown.
Zorotlekuykauo Sushik IV "Zorotl" is a character created by the Bliss Corporation and featured in the videos of "Blue (Da Ba Dee)", "Move Your Body" and "Lucky (In My Life)". Zorotl was supposed to be a malicious character but since he was designed with a funny round body, the authors of the Blue (Da Ba Dee) video decided to portrait it as tender, changing the script and giving it a happy ending. In 2000 Bliss Corporation made a video for the unreleased Eiffel 65 song "I Wanna Be." An alpha version of the video appeared as enhanced content for Eiffel 65's single "Too Much of Heaven". The song is credited to Zorotl even though it was recorded by members of Eiffel 65, so Zorotl is considered a virtual group.